Whatcom Community College offers aspiring LMTs (licensed massage therapists) the option of earning an associate in science (AS) degree or a certificate in Massage Therapist. The AS degree offers students the ability to complete advanced coursework and specialize in an area of interest, as well as participate in an externship at a local business. The certificate is designed to accommodate those who have a previous college education and/or who are pursuing a career change.

These program options run concurrently and begin each fall quarter for daytime classes and spring for evening classes. Core curriculum massage classes must be taken in sequence, are only offered to students accepted into the massage program, and run for consecutive quarters.

Click here to view a comparison of the program for the fall-start, daytime program and the spring-start, evening program.

The massage therapist program is full-time, rigorous and academically demanding. It is recommended that students admitted to the program limit their outside obligations as much as possible. The program demands an average of 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final quarter of the degree program includes clinical experience off campus.

Both the degree and certificate curriculum qualifies graduates to sit for the Washington State licensing exam and the National Certification Exam to become a licensed massage therapist.

Find out more at an information session. These sessions cover a lot of information and will likely answer most of your questions.

 

Daytime, fall start - massage course sequence and schedule

See attached for a weekly schedule of classes for the daytime massage program.

   Format
 Time
 Day
 
 Fall Quarter
Credits
 MT 110
 Massage Therapy I
 7
   On campus
 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 TWTh  
 MT 202
 Kinesiology I for Massage Therapists
 4
   Hybrid  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
 TTh  
 MT 271
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology I for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
   Open Lab
 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
 M  
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
 W  
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm
 F  
 Winter Quarter
 Credits
 MT 105
 Ethical & Legal Issues for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
 MT 111
 Massage Therapy II
 7
   On campus
 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 TWTh  
 MT 203
 Kinesiology II for Massage Therapists
 2
   Hybrid  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
 T  
 MT 272
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology II for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
   Open Lab
 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
 M  
     11:00 am - 3:00 pm
 Sa  
 Spring Quarter
 Credits
 MT 112
 Massage Therapy III
 7
   On campus
 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 TWTh  
 MT 204
 Kinesiology III for Massage Therapists
 2
   Hybrid  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
 T  
 MT 205
 Business Applications for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
 MT 240
 Preparation for Massage Licensing
 2
   Hybrid  11:00 am - 12:00 pm
 W  
 MT 250
 Student Clinic **Choose one of three sections**
 2
   On campus
 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 M  
     10:00 am - 2:00 pm
 F  
     4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 F  
   Open Lab
 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
 MTh  
     10:00 am - 6:30 pm
 Sa  
 Summer Quarter (for students pursuing AS degree)
 Credits
 MT 230
 Massage Applications: Orthopedic Treatment
 8
   On campus
 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
 MT  
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
 W  
 MT 260
Clinical Externship
 1

Arranged      

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Evening, spring start - massage course sequence and schedule

See attached for a weekly schedule of classes for the evening massage program.

   Format
 Time
 Day
 
 Spring Quarter
Credits
 MT 110
 Massage Therapy I
 7
   On campus
 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
 TWTh  
 MT 202
 Kinesiology I for Massage Therapists
 4
   Hybrid  5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
 M  
 MT 271
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology I for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
   Open Lab
 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
 MTh  
     10:00 am - 6:30 pm
 S  
 Summer Quarter
 Credits
 MT 105
 Ethical & Legal Issues for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
 MT 111
 Massage Therapy II
 7
   On campus
 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 TWTh  
 MT 203
 Kinesiology II for Massage Therapists
 2
   Hybrid  5:30 pm - 8:10 pm
 M  
 MT 272
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology II for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
 Fall Quarter
 Credits
 MT 112
 Massage Therapy III
 7
   On campus
 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
 TWTh  
 MT 204
 Kinesiology III for Massage Therapists
 2
   Hybrid  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 M  
 MT 205
 Business Applications for Massage Therapists
 3
   Online      
 MT 240
 Preparation for Massage Licensing
 2
   Hybrid  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 M  
 MT 250
 Student Clinic **Choose one of three sections**
 2
   On campus
 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 F  
     10:00 am - 2:00 pm
 Sa  
     4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 Sa  
   Open Lab
 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
 M  
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
 W  
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm
 F  
 Winter and Spring Quarters
 
 There are no required massage therapy (MT) courses during winter and the second spring quarters. For students continuing on to the fourth and final quarter, Whatcom recommends the following:
  • Complete any remaining general education requirements for your associate's degree. Connect with an advisor to determine what courses you have left to complete.
  • Start the MBLEx massage licensing exam process.
 Summer Quarter (for students pursuing AS degree) Credits 
 MT 230
 Massage Applications: Orthopedic Treatment
 8
   On campus
 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
 MT  
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
 W  
 MT 260
Clinical Externship
 1

Arranged      

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